Hometown: East Boston, MA
Birthday: June 21
Bio: John joined Patch in August 2010 as the Local Editor for Danvers Patch. As of Memorial Day 2011, he switched over to become the editor for Peabody Patch, and now he's in charge of both Peabody and Danvers. Talk about things coming full circle... Prior to joining Patch, John spent three years at the Peabody-Lynnfield Weekly News, first as a reporter then editor of the two community newspapers. He graduated from Gordon College with a bachelor's degree in communications and has lived on the North Shore for the past eight years. John initially grew up in East Boston, but moved with his family to Southern Maine for several years and then came back to Mass. for college. He lives in Beverly with his wife and two sons.
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How would you describe your political beliefs?
As an Evangelical Christian, my views tend to fall along conservative lines on social issues; that being said, I've had people call me liberal-minded on various subjects. Political affiliation is in the eye of the beholder, I guess. Personally, I believe in a political and social structure that meets the needs of people where they're at and inspires them to rise above their circumstances.
Are you registered with a certain party?
I take advantage of Massachusetts' leeway on political party affiliations and remain unenrolled. It's easier that way to vote for the best candidate rather than along party lines.
How religious would you consider yourself? (casual, observant, devout, non religious)
I would say "devout," but that's only a vague label. In reality what that means is that I take my faith seriously and believe it applies to all aspects of life.
Local Hot-Button Issues
What do you think are the most important issues facing the community?
In no particular ranking of importance — they are all equally crucial to the future prosperity of Peabody — there are three main issues to address in the heart of the city downtown: flooding, redevelopment and traffic.
The current city administration has been diligently working on these problems over the past decade and is now poised to implement some significant changes in the second two areas with some recent support from the City Council.
Development overall is always an issue for neighbors, and there’s still a fair amount of commercial and residential activity underway in this bustling community.
The city is also in the preliminary stages of undertaking major renovations to the Higgins Middle School — the largest middle school in the state.